Pets vs. Cattle 2.0: An analogy and approach for modern infrastructures

Pets vs. cattle is an analogy with modest beginnings that has grown into an industry staple. A simple Google search will spawn more than four million results and a myriad of developer memes.  The actual, original quote was “cattle, not pets.” Microsoft Engineer Bill Baker used it during a discussion about SQL deployments to explain how server treatment changed over …

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A truly agnostic approach to key encryption removes the risks in hybrid cloud

As organizations migrate workloads to the cloud in search of greater agility, innovation and reduced costs, they face serious security challenges that conventional key encryption technology fails to meet.  The range of security threats covers everything from the hijacking of cloud services to the criminal use of AI and ML and the emergence of cyber-espionage-for-hire. Ransomware and phishing attacks have …

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Optimizing social commerce as part of an omnichannel retail approach

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the growth of e-commerce over the past year. According to the Retail Sales Index from Great Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), in 2020 online sales grew by 46.1 percent compared to 2019, the largest annual increase since 2008.  Whilst e-commerce as a whole has seen rapid exponential growth, there is one particular aspect that …

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Cloud demands ‘paradigm shift’ in approach to cybersecurity

As organizations deploy new technology solutions and look to scale them, cybersecurity becomes a growing problem. In order to tackle this issue, businesses will often look towards the cloud for a solution. However, deploying cloud security requires a “paradigm shift” in how businesses approach cybersecurity, according to a new report from IBM. The report asserts that scaling legacy security models …

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UK prepares plans for ‘full spectrum’ approach to cybersecurity

Later this week, the UK government is expected to publish an Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. The report is expected to contain a “full spectrum” of proposals on how to protect the country from rising levels of cybercrime. According to a report from Computer Weekly, the paper will cover everything from internet security for home users, …

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Understanding digital’s pivotal role in supporting a place-based approach to the pandemic response

We increasingly face challenges that are global – Covid-19, the climate crisis, economic instability and a widening equalities gap. One of the positive outcomes of the pandemic has been more urgent focus on the importance and power of community, with people coming together in the face of this huge adversity. When faced with national restrictions, it is local solutions which …

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Almost all workers call for hybrid approach to remote working

Now that the initial euphoria surrounding remote working has subsided, employees are seeing that the practice is far from ideal in the long term. According to a new report from Microsoft Ireland, employees are more interested in a hybrid approach, in which they get to choose when to go to the office and when to work from home. Covid-19 forced …

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